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Tina Robbins was a multi-talented athlete who excelled in volleyball and basketball at Joplin High School. She led the Lady Eagles to state runner-up finishes in basketball as a junior and senior. As a starter in her final three years at JHS, Robbins scored 1,925 points. She averaged 22.4 points her senior year and 21.2 points for her career. During her final two years at JHS, her teams’s record was 52 wins and 10 losses. 

After graduating from Joplin in 1990, Robbins received a scholarship from Southwest Missouri State University and started at pint guard for the Lady Bears. She helped the Bears to four post season tournament appearances. During her sophomore season Robbins was named most valuable players in the NCAA Central Regional as the Lady Bears advance to the Final Four.